Update: Sony's invite-only restock event is now sold out. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they will offer a restock for the general public today. Make sure to follow our PS5 restock coverage for the latest updates.
Sony is now holding an invite-only PS5 restock. However, don't despair if you didn't get Sony's e-mail. Almost every time Sony has held an invite-only event, it follows things up with a restock for the general public. The latter is expected to begin around 5 p.m. ET.
Sony Direct PS5 restock (sold out)
How to get notifications from Sony Direct
In order to get exclusive invites from Sony Direct, you'll want to have an active Sony Direct account and make sure you have notifications set to "yes." Keep in mind, this doesn't guarantee you'll get an invite. (I personally did this months ago and have yet to receive a single invite from Sony).
Nevertheless, creating a Sony Direct account is easy. You can sign up via this link here. Once you've set up an account, you'll want to add your address and billing info. Having this info on file will make things easier should you manage to get a PS5 console in your cart.
To turn on notifications from Sony Direct, you'll want to sign into your account, click on "My Profile," and then click the "edit" button from your profile page. You'll then be redirected to a new account settings page. From within that page, choose "notifications" from the left column and then make sure you opt-in to receive news and special offers from Sony.
How to get a PS5 if you didn't receive an invite
The last time Sony held an invite-only PS5 restock was June 17. Minutes after the invite-only event wrapped up, Sony Direct opened a PS5 queue for the general public. We can't guarantee they'll do this again today, but times are rough, and if you want a PS5, it doesn't hurt to be online after the event is over. Of course, you can bookmark our page and we'll keep you updated on the latest PS5 restock news from Sony Direct and all major U.S. retailers.
What to do once you're in the queue
Once you're on the virtual queue, you'll be given an estimated wait time. All wait times vary, and there's a good chance you'll have "more than an hour" wait. If that's the case, don't despair. Your status can rapidly change and you may have a shorter wait time than estimated. (For instance, after waiting 20 minutes on a previous PS5 restock event, our time was cut from "more than an hour" to just 15 minutes).
Additionally, you may be required to solve a captcha. (A simple challenge/question to ensure you're not a bot). It usually requires that you select a radio box. As a result, you'll want to make sure your browser tab remains prominent, because if it's not you might miss your captcha challenge and you could forfeit your place in line.
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PS5 restock tracker: Where to look for stock
- Walmart: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 17)
- Best Buy: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 3)
- GameStop: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 18)
- Amazon: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock May 26)
- Dell: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock March 31)
- Target: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 16)
- Sony: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 17)
- Newegg: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock April 29)
- Kohl's: PS5 (last restock April 21)
- Adorama: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition | Bundles
- Costco: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock April 22)
- Antonline: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition (last restock June 14)
- Sam's Club: PS5 (last restock May 20)
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